Taking to the picturesque Circuit Karting Mont Tremblant for the fourth round of the Coupe du Quebec series, Team PSL Karting added four more victories to their impressive haul in 2012. With wins coming from Pier-Luc Ouellette, Luc Sauriol, Zachary Claman-DeMelo and Gianfranco Mazzaferro, the PSL/CRG team was seen at the pointy end of the field at the challenging 16-turn, 1.292 km circuit, which will host the ASN FIA Canadian National Championships later this summer.
In Rotax DD2, two-time Rotax World Champion Pier-Luc Ouellette would make a return trip to the top step of the podium. Qualifying fourth, Ouellette would end the ten-lap prefinal in the third place. The drop of the green for the final would then see the reigning DD2 Canadian National Champion power up to second through the opening complex of corners. A battle between the front five would ensue, with the leader able to gap Ouellette by the halfway point. The closing laps would see the leader eventually start to fade away, with Ouellette making his bid for the win coming up to the long back straight-away. Three other Team PSL Karting pilots would score top-ten results in Mont Tremblant, with Dominqiue Legrand fourth, Coupe du Quebec Round #2 winner Alessandro Bizzotto fifth and 2011 US Rotax Grand National Champion Kristina Vorndran eighth.
Luc Sauriol also made a return trip to the top of the blocks in the DD2 Masters category. After taking the victory at the Eastern Canadian Karting Championship (ECKC) season opener, the 2006 Rotax Masters World Champion would be back on top this past weekend. After starting out with a fourth place qualifying run, Sauriol would drive to take the prefinal victory. The start of the final saw the CRG pilot settle into second, before a lap five pass would secure the victory. Setting fast lap in the process, Sauriol would cruise to a 2.5 second win with teammate Thierry St-Onge joining him in the podium with his third place result. A host of PSL Karting DD2 Masters drivers would post top-ten finishes, with Michel Legrand fifth, Martin Jenson sixth, and PSL Montreal’s Louis-Philippe Gelinas eighth.
“I really like the DD2 Masters class, it’s great!” explained PSL Montreal’s Louis-Philippe Gelinas. “Although it is very competitive, I would need to train and loose some extra weight. The adrenaline rush is so incredible! Side by side with Martin Jenson at the end of the straight at 127 km per hour…thinking who will let go!”
Another victory would come courtesy of CRG Factory pilot Zachary Claman-DeMelo. The red hot Rotax Junior competitor would sweep the weekend, posting P1 in qualifying, and then go on to two dominating performances in the prefinal and final races. Samuel Fontaine would add another solid result in 2012 with his fourth place run in the day’s feature.
Gianfranco Mazzaferro would add the fourth win to PSL’s haul, taking top honours in the Mini Max class. After posting second in both qualifying and the prefinal, the current ECKC Mini Max leader scored a comfortable five second victory on Sunday. PSL Montreal’s Thiery Cote finished with a tenth place result. In Micro Max, three PSL Montreal drivers earned top-ten finishes in Mont Tremblant, with Julien Jones fourth, Tom Nepveu fifth and Marc-Antoine Joseph sixth.
Coupe du Quebec action will resume with Round #5 on July 28, part of the Monaco de Trois-Rivieres festivities race weekend. The Coupe du Quebec championship finale will follow September 9 at Grand-Mère.
Team PSL Karting will be trackside in 2012 at the Pan American Rotax Max Challenge, Eastern Canadian Karting Championship, Quebec Cup, Le Monaco de Trois-Rivieres, United States Grand Nationals, ASN Canada FIA Canadian National Karting Championships and SKUSA SuperNationals. Team PSL Karting is associated with CRG, Maxter Kart Engines, Rotax, Tillett Racing Seats, Sniper, Unipro, Douglas Wheels, Vega, MG Tires, Arai, Bell, ULV, Mir, Freem, Elf Fuels, Alfano, MaxJet Software, D.I.D. Racing Chains, KC and Power Mist.